Ignite

Ignite

by Rona Shaffran

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ISBN-13: 9781927426173
Publisher: Signature Editions
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 330 KB

About the Author

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Rona Shaffran lives in Ottawa, Ontario. She recently retired as co-director of the Tree Reading Series, one of Canada's longest running poetry venues, where she is also a member of the board of directors and organizes master poetry workshops. Rona Shaffran is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the Banff Centre Writing Studio. Her poems have appeared in Canadian literary journals, including Vallum, in an illustrated chapbook published and distributed in Canada and Australia, and in several collaborative chapbooks. She has won honourable mention for the John Newlove Poetry Award. Retired several years ago from federal government work, Rona now devotes time to writing and to travel, and is at work on a second manuscript that includes both poetry and prose. Ignite is her first published book of poetry.

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Spellbound

Through tall grass to the world’s edge,
I walk where coastline careens to a restive sea below the volcano, that hulk fuming against a torch red sundown.

I climb its black back,
my feet trembling on the cone of tuff and cinder,
the smoke curling from earthen fissures,

and from the volcano’s peak,
javelins of flame pierce the sable sky, firing smoky clouds fluorescent orange.

I lay my body on rocky soil, transfixed by the luminous heavens,
when a wayward star plummets past me, blazing a blue-white trail to the sea.

Like a brass key cut for a steel lock,
he approaches me,
hazel eyes velvet,
horse-like nostrils flared,

he strokes my shoulder with small, insistent breaths.

My breasts swell,
their flesh electric.
Blood unleashes charged particles that circuit from him through me and back through him,

each entry to my body drawing inward,
clenching,
quivering,
opening,
till, deep in the recesses of my core,
a rusty latch unlocks.

Stay up here with me all night, here on the edge of the world.

Table of Contents

I

Burnt Forest 15

Chaste 16

Impasse 17

Early Morning Mist 19

Unseen 20

Manna: a prayer 22

Unclothed 23

Night's Corridor 24

Impact 25

An Opening 29

Cracks 30

City Limits 31

Three 33

Light: a prayer 34

Improbable 35

Trapped 36

Erosion 37

In the Rain 38

Suspended 39

Salve 40

Entreaty 41

Lullaby 42

Shifting 43

Plunge 44

II

Small Island 49

Dawn's Song 52

Guzzle 53

Ignite 55

Chimera 56

Spellbound 58

Seamless 60

Cistern 61

Fulcrum 62

The Clock 63

Opal 64

Toffee 65

Green Kimono 66

Wheelbarrow 67

Each Time 68

Flight 69

Of all the ways you have touched me 70

Long Night 71

III

Shadow 75

kushoftheWind 76

Top to Tail 77

Bowl 78

Scent of Jasmine 79

Compass 80

Gently Down 81

New Clothes 82

Chant 84

Entrusted 85

Boldly 86

Life Mate 87

Autumn Angles 88

At the Window 90

Blue Branches 91

Beat 92

Acknowledgements 94

About the Author 95

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